Musings of this GRANDmother…

As my daughter and granddaughter were leaving the house on Saturday for a mother daughter afternoon of lunch and shopping, I was struck with a moment of deja vu. They were dressed similarly black tops, jeans and boots/high top tennis shoes. I complimented my grandgirl on how adorable she looked and gave my daughter an approving nod. They were rocking one of my favorite looks; black top, jeans with a great shoe is my uniform! And they looked like sisters. My daughter turned to me with that somewhat pained look that every mom has when it seems their child has entered that “almost out the door stage of life” and said “she doesn’t look 11”. I just gave her an understanding smile because in that moment, she didn’t look 42 to me either. For an instant, I was ushered back to the time when I was the mom and she was 11.
The children, they grow up so fast. Cherish every moment, in every stage.
The cycle of life is a glorious gift … embrace it!

a GRANDmother’s advice:

All young mothers have been told to enjoy every moment of their child’s life. It’s great advice…so heed it! Now I have two GBs and they are literally growing up before my eyes! The girl will hit double digits this year and I’m wondering where has the time gone? I was there when she was born. I’ve been with her for every birthday. I’ve made every “Grandparents Day” event. And still it seems like just yesterday when her mom told me that she was having a baby.

So from a grandmother of 10 years and a mom of 40 years, take my advice…cherish your children. Every moment that you share with them is precious. The birthdays pass by quickly, the milestones in milliseconds and seemingly in the blink of an eye they will be forging their way into adulthood.

Love them. Embrace them. Listen to them. Hug them. Support them. Kiss them when you want to strangle them. Teach them. Learn from them. Celebrate their victories. Comfort them in their struggles. Cherish every second. Make unforgettable memories with them. Color with them in their coloring books. Make them hot chocolate when their cramming for an exam. These are only a few tips. I could give you many more. Some things I did well and others I learned after making mistakes. Always and I do mean Always watch your words. Speak kindly to them. When they’ve had a fender bender, used old school crayons on your newly -painted walls, or dropped your iPhone in the toilet…count to ten and remember that things are replaceable. Your words will be remembered years later. Speak  kindly to your children even when you are providing discipline. Pray for your children. Love them. The years go by quickly. Cherish every moment. They’ll never be irresistible, cuddly newborns again.

My “girls” are grown. I am über proud of them. I respect them as accomplished, capable women. I also remember how sweet they smelled when they were born. And sometimes when I look at them, I still see them as my beautiful little girls.

So all you moms, cherish every moment that you have with your children. You will be so glad that you did.

This is a GRANDmother’s advice.